Thursday, October 11, 2012


I thought I'd share this little short story I wrote a few years ago, appropriate this time of year...

by Larry Underwood

     Her earliest memory was of being lifted, held, and embraced. A sense of acceptance overcame her. This was, of course, after being separated from the cord through which food and sustenance and life itself flowed. Yes, this was her earliest memory, followed by the sensation of being laid in a warm area, surrounded by soft coverings.
     Somewhere within her consciousness the idea of individualism first took seed. “Who and what am I,” she wondered, “and how will I know when I am complete?”
     She felt herself being lifted again, and carried by firm hands. She felt a sense of purpose in this task, as if she were being carried to meet her destiny.
     The pain was sharp with the first incision, but soon dulled to a steady throb of contentment. Her destiny was being carved before her. An inner weight was being lifted, scraped, and dragged from her being as she felt herself changing.
     The cool air flowed across her innards like a soothing salve. She felt the joy of refinement as each successive incision brought her features a bit closer to the surface. She felt different, new, and fresh - outwardly as well as inwardly. She somehow knew the transformation was complete, and she wished for the world to gaze upon her new self. Her inner light illuminated the darkness as the candle was placed within her shell. She felt herself beaming as she was lifted and carried into the cool night air, and for the first time she felt a sense of purpose. Grinning into the night, she beckoned for the world to look at her.

Been a long time...

It's been almost 2 years since I posted here on the 11th tier. When I started this blog I felt that I needed a little separation between myself and the Dr. Gangrene character, and I also felt that some of the personal posts I was putting on the  Dr. Gangrene blog didn't really fit there - they sort of felt out of place. But I slacked off over here and just sort of relapsed into posting everything at the gangrene blog. But, the positive byproduct of that is that traffic has increased by leaps and bounds there. I'm getting hundreds of page views a day, and thousands of visitors per month. Feels good to know people are reading and enjoying what I post over there.

SO, getting back to THIS blog. There have been a lot of changes in my life lately, personally and show-wise. I think I need to utilize this space again for posting stuff that just doesn't really fit over at the other blog. For those interested, I'll be posting a bit more regularly over here and maybe sharing a little more of myself outside of the media stuff.

For my first post, since it's the Halloween season, I thought I'd post some of the decorations we put up at my house this year. We started putting stuff up the last weekend in September. Any earlier than that just doesn't feel right. I added a larger than human size death figure this year in the graveyard. I also put up a dummy in an electric chair on the opposite side. And this year I also think I'll drag my video projector outside and show movies on the wall too. Gonna be a good time - I plan to drag the fire bowl around the front and sit by it too, make our place a hang out spot for folks to warm themselves by the fire and watch some Universal flicks outside!!